The Mover of Movers

This guy wasn’t the biggest gator at the farm, but he was hands down the most voracious, getting nearly 3/4 of his body out the water when lunging for food. He had the battle scars to show for it as well. The eye not shown was dead, missing the lid and loose in the cavity (yuck).  In the last step of processing I decided to crop it out. It was downright nasty and just detracted from what I wanted to get out of this photograph. The farm is also only open from near mid-day to early afternoon, putting the sun bearing right on top of the gators in the water, making exposure a little tricky.  Even though the highlights weren’t blown, there was no way of taking them down that didn’t look odd.

 

As for processing, I did the luminosity selecting/masking technique on this one. The biggest adjustment was on the midtones mask where I applied a really steep Z curve on the curve mask to darken and get more contrast. I then burn/dodged in select areas.

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “The Mover of Movers

  1. Gorgeous. I love the abstract quality of this and the slant and the “eye”. Once I found the eye, I knew what this was. I stared at the photo for some time before reading.

  2. That is one mean looking gator! I think you did an excellent job on the processing, you’ll need to explain your luminosity masking technique at some point because it works great.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Cogtography

© 2014 Tom Coghill Photography, All Rights Reserved

Cardinal Guzman

Encyclopedia Miscellaneous - 'quality' blogging since August 2011

Jeff Sinon Photography

Nature Through The Lens

Cfbookchick - a Girl, a Camera, a Challenge...

The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer.

Spiderpaw's Blog

Photography as I see it

HDR shooter

HDR photos by Miroslav Petrasko

Captured by Pam

A click a day keeps creativity at bay.

Photo-Q

photography by Joshua Quattlebaum

Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Everyday, an Adventure.

Herding Cats. Treading Water.

Lightscapes Nature Photography Blog

Kerry Mark Leibowitz's musings on the wonderful world of nature photography

Mufidah Kassalias

Writer, Photographer & Slow-Travelling Digital Nomad

Imagery of Light

Photography by Sheila Creighton

PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY

A Free To Share Chronicle by Michael Xavier Ortiz

Digital Darkroom Techniques

Sharing ideas and how-to's about post processing your digital images

Steven Tze Photography

Journey from picture taker to photographer

A Quan Ha Photo

my life, one photo at a time

Emily's Photography Blog

Every picture has a story to tell... verbally or silently.

%d bloggers like this: